Discover over 700 years of English history through one of the country’s oldest families, and the fascinating castle that they call home.
Steeped in history, yet timeless, Ripley Castle has belonged to the Ingilby family since 1308 and is still their family home today. Throughout the ages, this ancient family has played a vivid part in English history.
Hear how the family was split by rebellion, how it welcomed one king and saved the life of another. It was here too, that a family member plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, and another held Oliver Cromwell, leader of the English Civil War, at gunpoint overnight.
Uncover these and more colourful tales of Ripley’s past as you tour the medieval gatehouse, the Tudor tower and the elegant Georgian rooms. Stroll through picturesque gardens and admire deer grazing in the landscaped estate. Then explore the curious village, which the Ingilbys eccentrically had rebuilt in the style of a French town. Ripley Castle is near Harrogate, in Northern England.